Daily World News Digest, 15 January 2019

Missing migrants on the route to the US

ABC News reports on the causes and dangers of migration from Central America to the US, following the progress of the “migrant caravan”. “The journey to the US passes through isolated countryside where Mexico’s Zeta drug cartel is expanding into kidnapping and people trafficking. The caravan offers safety in numbers, though several migrants have disappeared on the way.” https://ab.co/2VSqmGj

Montana proposes legislation to tackle issue of missing children

Authorities in the US state of Montana are considering a bill that would allow any law enforcement officer in the state to file a missing child report as soon as a child is reported missing. The proposed law would also let officers treat cases where a parent is keeping a child from their legal guardian as a missing child case, rather than a civil dispute. https://bit.ly/2RMZyIo

Mass grave discovered in Iraq’s Nineveh Province

Iraqi security forces have found a mass grave in the village of Qabr al-Abad, south of Mosul in Nineveh province, the Baghdad Post reports. The mass grave contains 28 bodies believed to be those of Iraqi troops, including 18 senior officials of the second Division of the Iraqi Army (original article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2DauOch

Turkish coast guard rescues 40 migrants

The Turkish Coast Guard has rescued 40 irregular migrants in the Aegean, and recovered one body, security sources said on Tuesday. https://bit.ly/2RRjHgo

Mass grave with remains of German soldiers discovered in Russia

The German War Graves Commission says it has discovered a mass grave containing the remains of 800 German soldiers assumed to have been killed during the World War II, during the building work in the southwestern Russian city of Volgograd. The Commission has been working with the Russian government in the area for about 25 years. https://bit.ly/2Mb9juN

Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.